Our temporary Italian home away from home could have been in an upscale hotel – but it wasn’t. Its two spacious bedrooms, comfortable living room and full kitchen had recently been renovated. The antique furnishings, heirlooms of the family that owns the property, were casual and comfortable. Yet the setting, in the midst of gently rolling hills blanketed by olive trees, was unlike any traditional accommodation my wife Fyllis and I have experienced elsewhere.
There are many different ways to approach sightseeing. Some pore over guidebooks, searching for star-rated sights and planning their every move; others seem lackadaisical and wait for others to do the planning for them. For a Monday in Dublin, I took the random approach by walking out of my hotel door and deciding to take what came to me as I wandered across the city.
Let’s move into the 21st Century. Our nation’s current air traffic control (ATC) system is operating on technology from the 1960s. Aging radars still slowly sweep to determine the location of aircraft. Controllers use scraps of paper to keep track of planes. And, aircraft radios still use old-fashion knobs and dials.
A new study has backed up Travelers United survey information about the need for full airfare and airline fee information so that consumers can purchase airfare knowing the full all-in price. Without comparison shopping, the free market cannot function. Competition goes down and pricing rises. Consumers suffer.
The flying public has been complaining about extra fees since 2008 when American Airlines (AA) began charging for checked bags. Today the world of extra fees seems endless. One of the most hated fees is the seat reservation fee. Here is a story about a seat reservation fee gone bad from a traveler steeped in the ways of airlines.